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COVID update: One dead, and 11 new cases

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Eleven new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in three Alaska communities – Anchorage (9), Craig (1) and Wasilla (1), since Friday’s midday update. This brings the total case count in Alaska to 257. One person, a 73-year-old woman from Fairbanks, died of causes related to the virus at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Her death brings the total to eight since the first case of the Wuhan coronavirus was announced in Alaska in early March.

Three more Alaskans have been hospitalized with the illness, bringing the total hospitalizations to 31, although most of those are no longer actually in the hospital.

Of the new cases, five are male and six are female. One is under age 10; two are between 10-19; three are between 20-29; one is between 30-39; two are between 50-59, one is between 60-69 and one is between 70-79.  

“Our thoughts are with this individual’s family and loved ones,” said DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum. “Every time we lose a life to COVID-19, we pause to reflect on the loss and also to remind ourselves of the importance of staying home to save lives, maintaining physical distance from non-household members, practicing careful hand hygiene and wearing a mask in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain.” 

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Old folks are abiding by the mandates and their number reflect that. Keep doing what you are doing when others are disregarding public announcements for whatever reason.

  • End the Medical Tyranny Now!

  • Bottom line is we do not know what to believe when official numbers are reported.
    On April 7, Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, said anyone who dies and has tested positive with the coronavirus will be labeled as a death resulting from coronavirus, regardless of whether or not the person had any underlying health conditions prior to being diagnosed with the virus.
    The federal government is classifying the deaths of patients infected with the coronavirus as COVID-19 deaths, regardless of any underlying health issues that could have contributed to the loss of someone’s life.
    Dr. Birx said the federal government is continuing to count the suspected COVID-19 deaths this way, despite other nations doing the opposite.
    from the Daily Caller April 7, 2020

  • In 1348 there appeared in Europe a devastating plague which is reported to have killed off ultimately twenty-five million people.

    By the fall of that year the rumor was current that these deaths were due to an international conspiracy of Jewry to poison Christendom.

    It was reported that the leaders in the Jewish metropolis of Toledo had initiated the plot and that one of the chief conspirators was a Rabbi Peyret who had his headquarters in Chambéry, Savoy, whence he dispatched his poisoners to France, Switzerland, and Italy.

    Setting up yet another extermination of Jews.

    Thus in this city, at least, it was not merely religious bigotry and fear of the plague, but economic resentment that fired the craftsmen and the nobles to their work of extermination.

    Those people of Strasbourg, who had thus far escaped the plague and who thought that by killing off the Jews they would insure themselves against it in the future, were doomed to disappointment, for the pest soon struck the city and, it is said, took a toll of sixteen thousand lives.

    The current crisis the world faces is but one where ignorance has doomed it to death and suffering that’s avoidable.

    People accept situations the way they want to believe, or in ways they can understand, instead of the truth as it actually exists.

    One of the ways that’s done is by buying into comfortable fictions.

    Even before the coronavirus affected all of our lives, getting people to vaccinate their children in America had become an ordeal where segments of the public had to be begged and pleaded with as centuries of science competed against the nonsense of what some idiot posted on Facebook.

    In a time of sickness and death, fear has a way of driving desperate people to believe in ridiculous things.

    • Happy Easter Bill! He is Risen!

  • Not in the dark ages anymore.

    • Maybe not but the response in these pages mimics the desperation and ridiculous scapegoating that went on then.

  • Suzanne ~ will you please include that list of which cities have how many cases, like you used to do? When you mention “Mat-Su” that could be anywhere in a large area. I’d like to know exactly which cities or towns in Mat-Su have the cases. Thanks!

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